It stands for Women’s Flat Track Derby Asociation, the international organism that regulates the most played Roller Derby modality (there are other set of rules and modes of play, like Banked Track – the one played in the movie Whip it! – or the World Skate). One of its main characteristics is the feminist and inclusive philosophy promoted by the organisation. The teams that are part of the WFTDA are in charge of modifying, valuing and transforming the sport horizontally thourgh debate, voting, reunions, etc. Nowadays, it is formed by 416 teams and 16 aprentices who soon will be full members. All the teams in Spain under WFTDA rules although only Barcelona Roller Derby, Roller Derby Tenerife, As Brigantias Roller Derby and Roller Derby Madrid are members.
WFTDA teams play sanctioned games, organized by the leagues or WFTDA recognized tournaments, which allow to go up or down in the ranking. The top 28 teams play the Championships classification in two Playoff tournaments, like the one being held in A Coruña at the end of August and in Atlanta in September. The final will be played in New Orleans in November. The winning team takes the Hydra. The objective of the teams (ours too!) is to go up in the ranking through sanctioned games to be able (someday!) to play in those Playoffs and take an Hydra to Madrid!
For now, we are content with seeing the best of the world close to home this summer. Don’t miss the Playoffs organized by As Brigantias on August 30th. You can check more information about the tournaments, tickets and streaming pases here:https://wftda.com/events/tournament-central/